By John Lomperis
While my colleague, Alex Griswold, ably reported on the convocation of the Reconciling Ministries Network (RMN) “ChurchQuake” convocation held over Labor Day weekend, large parts of the gathering apparently had plenty of goings-on about which organizers did not want IRD (and by extension, the general UMC public) to know.
But thanks to social-media use by some participants, who unlike Alex were not barred from the any part of the program, some of the more secretive parts of the unofficial gay Methodist caucus’s annual rally have come to light.
Especially of note is a recent blog post by the Rev. Becca Clark of Vermont. Clark distinguished herself as a delegate at the last UMC General Conference with her passionate defenses of unrestricted abortion, leadership in an illegally disruptive protest by pro-sex-outside-of-marriage activists (for which protesters have not reimbursed the six-figure cost they imposed on our denomination), and after arguing in her sub-committee that it is categorically wrong to use male or “hierarchical” words for God, pridefully declaring “I don’t have a king!” For what it’s worth, her blog post also features a picture of her with other leaders of an MFSA/RMN-related social media project at the RMN convocation (which one of her co-leaders recently made very clear was a “conversation” rather limited in its openness to participation from respectful, informed non-liberal United Methodist voices).
Read more at http://juicyecumenism.com/2013/10/04/19488/